At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, hundreds of players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and underrated, and today’s edition will highlight Leontae Moye of Farmville Central.
We’ve seen Moye numerous times over the years, and recently featured him in our “Eligible and Unsigned” article, where we stated, “Probably one of the least appreciated players across the entire state, Moye’s unique approach and willingness to accept his role for the betterment of the team should be coveted by all types of programs. For starters, he’s among the top all-around defensive players with an uncommon ability to block shots, defend fluidly in space, and actively toggle between the paint and perimeter. Moye displays exceptional instincts and utilizes his blend of length, motor, athleticism, and anticipation to overwhelm opponents. Offensively, he typically applies most of his scoring pressure as a reliable cutter, finisher, and rim-runner in transition. While it differs from what has become popular, Moye is the type of gritty, team-first player who wins games—and should be recruited accordingly.”
Given how much emphasis is placed on offense versus defense, it’s not necessarily shocking to see the general disrespect towards Moye’s on-court identity. Although he’s a long, wiry athlete, Moye offers an elite defensive presence and understands how to thrive within a low-maintenance role on both ends of the floor. He’s a quality rebounder, shot-blocker, and versatile defender with the ability to force turnovers and properly run the floor in transition. Moye embraces his offensive role exceptionally well, capitalizing in transition and on dump-off passes. He doesn’t require a ton of touches to make a lasting impact on either side of the ball. Beyond his on-court mentality, Moye is a positive, team-first presence who would be an asset at a wide variety of college programs.